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Understanding why workers aren’t working


The Evolving Employment Story

May 26, 2021

What explains diverging employment outcomes for college graduates and older workers? Read more in President Tom Barkin’s latest essay.

Tom Barkin
President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond


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Third Quarter 2018

In 2018, the unemployment rate was at historic lows. Were employers having trouble hiring because there weren't enough workers, or because they had the wrong skills?


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